Catherine A. O’Connor, MSN, RN, ACRN
Faculty, School of Nursing
Office: 207D Robinson Hall
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Faculty, School of Nursing
Office: 207D Robinson Hall
Board Certification: Registered Nurse (RN) – Quebec, MA, NY; AIDS-Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN)
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS,STI, Viral Hepatitis, Prevention, Testing, Care and Treatment, GLBT Health, Mobile Health Substance Use Prevention, Care and Treatment, End of Life Care
O’Connor, C. A., Grindel, C. G., Patsdaughter, C. A., Giragos, J. J., & Mancusi, M. A. (2/2000). Evaluation of Oral Mucosal Transudate HIV-1 Antibody Screening (OraSure) in a Mobile HIV Educational/Counseling and Testing Unit. Funded by a mini-grant through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health AIDS Bureau awarded to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Approved Amount: $9,660.
O’Connor, C. A., Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., & Taviera, P. (3/1998 – 6/2000). Evaluation of a Mobile HIV Counseling and Testing Unit: Participants’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors, Staff Perceptions, and Cost Effectiveness. Funded by funds from a Title IIIB Grant from the Federal Bureau of Primary Care awarded to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center [competitive proposal submitted for rollover funds]. Amount: $5,985.
Role: Coordinator, Mobile Van Outreach, Reducing urban women’s HIV risk: Soap opera videos streamed to mobile devices.” National Institute of Nursing Research R01NR014632 4/01/2015-1/31/2019. http://grantome.com/grant/NIH/R01-NR014632-01A1
Reisner, S. L., Mimiaga, M. J., Skeer, M., VanDerwarker, R., Gaucher, M. J., O’Comnor, C., Medeiros, M. S., et al. (2008). Differential HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men seeking health-related mobile van services at diverse gay-specific venue. AIDS and Behavior. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18642070
Mimiaga, M. J., Reisner, M. A., Vanderwarker, B. A., Gaucher, M. A., Gaucher, M. J., O’Connor, C. A., Medeiros, B. A., & Safren, S. A. (2008). Polysubstance use and HIV/STD risk behavior among Massachusetts men who have sex with men accessing Department of Public Health mobile van services: Implications for intervention development. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 22(2), 745-51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18754704
Miamiaga, M., Reisner, S., VanDerwarker, R., Gaucher, M., O’Connor, C. & Safren, S. ( 2008) Crystal methamphetamine use, polysubstance use, and HIV/STI risk behavior among Massachusetts MSM accessing Department of Public Health Mobile Van Services: Implications for Intervention Development. AIDS and Behavior.
Dakin, C. L., O’Connor, C. A., & Patsdaughter, C. A. (2006). HAART to Heart: HIV-related cardiomyopathy and other cardiovascular complications. AACN Clinical Issues, 17(1), 12-23. acc.aacnjournals.org/content/17/1.toc http://mobile.journals.lww.com/aacnadvancedcriticalcare/_layouts/15/oaks.journals.mobile/articleviewer.aspx?year=2006&issue=01000&article=00003
Walensky, R. P., Losina, E., Maletesta, L., Barton, G. E., O’Connor, C.A., Skolnick, P. R., Hall, J. M., McGuire, J. M., Freedberg, K. A.(2005). Effective HIV Case Identification Through Routine HIV Screening at Urgent Care Centers in Massachusetts. American Journal of Public Health 1(95) 71-73. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2003.031310 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1449853/
O’Connor, C. A., Fauchald, S. K., Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., & Medeiros, M. S. (2004). Remembering those who have gone before: The importance of AIDS memorial services for families and friends. Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 12(4), 1-12.
O’Connor, C. A., Medeiros, M. S., DeSantis, J. P., Patsdaughter, C. A., Casale, C., & Balram, S. P. (2004). Special delivery: When the pills “absolutely, positively” can’t be delivered at home. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 11(2), 44-48. http://tuckerpub.com/JCDIndex.pdf
Dyer, J. G., Patsdaughter, C. A., McGuinness, T. M., O’Connor, C. A., & DeDantis, J. P. (2004). Retrospective resilience: The power of the patient-provider alliance in disenfranchised persons with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, 10(1), 57-65.
Patsdaughter, C. A., O’Connor, C. A., Grindel, C. G., Taveira, P. F., & Mancusi, M. A. (2001). Circle of care: Beyond HIV counseling and testing. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 12, 381-391. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/269798
Cameron, J. F., Patsdaughter, C. A., & O’Connor, C. (2000). Is the cost of home care greater than the cost of nonadherence? Catrina’s journey through the maze of HIV medications and managed care. Home Healthcare Nurse, 18(10), 588-594.
Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., O’Connor, C., & Miller, K. H. (1999). Students’ decisions to select HIV services for clinical rotations. Nurse Educator, 24(3), 307-311.
O’Connor, C., Patsdaughter, C. A., Grindel, C. G., Taveira, P., & Steinberg, J. L. (1998). A mobile HIV education and testing program: Bringing services to hard-to-reach populations. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 12(12), 931-937. doi:10.1089/apc.1998.12.931 http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/apc.1998.12.931.
Areas of Expertise:
Mobile Health, HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Prevention, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Substance Abuse/Overdose Prevention, GLBT Health, Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing/SBIRT, Clinical Leaders/Integration of Care.
Honors & Awards:
2016 The Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2016
2015 Dedication to the School of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2015
2014 Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2014
2013 Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2013
2012 Nominee Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award
2012 Salute to Nurses Award Boston Globe
2012 Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2012
2011 Spirit of Nursing Award Northeastern University SON Class of 2011
2011 Nominee Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: Excellence in HIV Prevention Award
2009 Unsung Hero Award: Transgender Community of Greater Boston
2008 Unsung Hero Award: Boston Chapter Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
2006 Northeastern University, First Provost Practice Oriented Education Award
2004 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: Excellence in Clinical Practice Award
2001 AIDS Action 13th Annual Massachusetts Community Provider Recognition Award: Access to Care
1998 Meridian House Provider Award: Advocate for Substance Abusers
1997 Community Health Education Center (CHEC) Outreach Educator Award